Jury is seated in trial related to outbreak of hepatitis C

A jury has been seated to hear the first civil trial stemming from Southern Nevada's hepatitis C outbreak.

Jury selection, which started Monday, wrapped up Thursday afternoon with the final selection of eight jurors and four alternates.

Opening statements in the case will begin 9 a.m. Monday before District Judge Jessie Walsh.

Henry Chanin, 61, and his wife, Lorraine, are suing Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., the maker and distributor of propofol, the anesthetic linked to the hepatitis C outbreak.

Henry Chanin was infected with hepatitis C during a June 2006 colonoscopy at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, a sister clinic of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

Public health investigators blamed the outbreak on nurse anesthetists who reused single-dose vials of propofol between patients at the clinics.

Chanin's lawsuit alleges the drug companies made and sold the clinics 50-milliliter vials of the milky liquid, which is five times the amount needed for a typical colonoscopy. The larger vials induced medical workers to reuse the vials between patients instead of throwing out the unused anesthetic, Chanin's lawyers say.

Contact reporter Brian Haynes at bhaynes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0281.